Beaufort water treatment temporarily changing, expect slight smell and taste change

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[Ed's note, frist published November 24 but bumped to the top incase you've been noticing a funky taste and smell.]

To conduct maintenance, The Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority is planning to temporarily change how it cleans drinking water for customers in Beaufort, Port Royal, Burton, Shell Point and the surrounding areas in Lady's Island and St. Helena Island. 

The period runs from Friday, November 26, through Friday, December 10, and you may notice a chlorine taste or odor in the tap water.

The authority says the process is safe and water will remain safe for consumption as normal but cautions that "Customers who are especially sensitive to the taste and odor of chlorine should keep an open container of drinking water in their refrigerator. This will enable the chlorine to dissipate, thus reducing the chlorine taste. Change the water in your refrigerated container weekly."

The process may result in some minor discoloration of the water. If water appears discolored, customers should run cold water for a few minutes. If discoloration persists, call customer service at 843-987-9200. 

Crews also will flush the system by opening fire hydrants at various locations.  


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